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Prepare For A Fire Sale

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from David Staples of The Cult of Hockey,

...One has to give credit to the cagey Burke for escaping a team that is already over the cap (Anahem is at $58 million thanks to Burke) and seizing control of a team that is well under the cap (credit to Cliff Fletcher). From his grave, Niccolo Machiavelli tips his hat to Burke, the master of fortuna (good luck) and skillful machinations.

This year, Toronto’s cap number is $47 million, while Los Angeles is at $45 million. There’s room for both teams to pick up one or two stars.

So don’t be surprised if you see an NHL superstar making his way to the Kings or the Leafs in coming months.

And don’t be surprised if fans in the numerous cities that are right up against the cap—such as Edmonton, Chicago, New York, Ottawa, Philadelphia, San Jose, Pittsburgh, Washington, Anaheim, Calgary and Detroit—find themselves waking up and looking with great envy at Los Angeles, where Lombardi might soon be hailed as the smartest head in hockey for the way his team has recently shed salary, positioning itself perfectly for the the NHL’s coming fire sale.


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Red Wings’ New Year’s Resolution:  Kick Everyone’s Ass

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Updated 1545 with Steve Ott and Nik Kronwall exchanging friendship bracelets below.


One.  Few bloggers have the courage to go that nuts with apostrophes in the post title.  I’m just sayin’.

Two. I’ve looked at the remainder of the schedule and decided the Wings probably won’t lose again.

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Targets At The Trade Deadline

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Brophy of Sportsnet,

There is no question a lot of teams up against the salary cap will be hampered in their ability to add talent – and salary – at the deadline, but you just know when push comes to shove teams that believe one more piece added to the puzzle will guarantee them a shot at the Stanley Cup, or at the very least a long playoff run, will find a way to make a deal.

The most obvious targets will be impending unrestricted free agents. Teams, especially those that have fallen out of the playoff picture, shudder at the thought of having an asset walk away without getting anything in return.

continue for players who may be on the move…

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Saying Goodbye To Oshawa

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Brian McNair of the News Durham Region,

Emotions were running high as the Oshawa Generals parted ways with John Tavares and Michael Del Zotto during a Friday press conference at the General Motors Centre.

Del Zotto, a surprise addition to the blockbuster deal with the London Knights completed the night before, was particularly outward in his emotions, with tears visible in his eyes from the outset and spilling over at one point.

Tavares, long rumoured to be headed west, was better able to contain his feelings, but looked as though he had little sleep and was much more subdued than usual.


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  Tags: michael+del+zotto, ohn+tavares

Halfway Home

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

The Boston Bruins surprised, the Ottawa Senators disappointed and thanks to parity, and all those extra points for overtime and shootout losses, about 25 teams still figure they’re legitimately in the NHL playoff race. Mike Keenan won his 650th game and is still employed as an NHL coach, while Barry Melrose was one of three coaches to get a pink slip (Denis Savard and Peter Laviolette were the others) and landed a new/old gig as a broadcaster with ESPN, where he can continue to poke pins in his Len Barrie voodoo doll.

There was new life in Chicago, even before they played a Winter Classic at Wrigley Field to rave reviews. Five of the six pre-expansion teams were on pace for 100 points or better, with only the Toronto Maple Leafs unable to participate in the Original Six revival.

read on and as always, many more NHL topics…

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There Is Only One Dale Hunter

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Japers’ Rink,

This morning I noted that “On this date back in 1998, Dale Hunter had three helpers and reached the 1,000 point plateau, becoming the first - and still only - player in NHL history with 1,000 points and 3,000 PIMs in a career.”

Maruk commented that Huntsy may be the only member to ever enter that exclusive club, and while you never say never… he’s probably right. A quick glance at the active Top 100 in points and PIMs makes you realize that it’s unlikely anyone currently playing is going to reach the double milestone, but let’s take a look at just how unlikely.


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  Tags: dale+hunter

Fedotenko Out With Broken Hand

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Penguins forward Ruslan Fedotenko will miss four to six weeks with a broken right hand, it was announced today by Executive Vice President and General Manager Ray Shero. 

Fedotenko suffered the injury January 6 versus the Atlanta Thrashers and has been placed on injured reserve.

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  Tags: ruslan+fedotenko

Bergeron Plans To Play This Year

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Fluto Shinzawa of Bruins Blog,

Patrice Bergeron, making his first public appearance since suffering a concussion on Dec. 20 against Carolina, spoke for approximately 15 minutes in the home dressing room at TD Banknorth Garden this morning.

“I’m very confident I’ll play this year,” said Bergeron. “It’s a matter of when. That’s why I don’t want to put on a date on it and get disappointed like I was last year in the playoffs. I’ve learned from that. So yes, I do think I’ll be back.”


Update 7:45pm ET (alanah): More on Bergeron from James Murphy at NHL.com. Murphy also told me that Bergeron looked much better and was in much better spirits than he expected.

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  Tags: patrice+bergeron

Realignment Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Our weekly “Faceoff” features ESPN.com NHL writers Scott Burnside (based in Atlanta) and Pierre LeBrun (based in Toronto), who duke it out over any given hockey topic. Let the games begin!

This week’s topic: Should the NHL consider realigning its 30 teams?...

Scott Burnside: ...When you see compelling games like the Flyers-Caps tilt the other night, it makes you pine for more. It brings us to the question of realignment, which pops up every now and then, and will likely continue to do so as we discuss the future of franchises in Phoenix, Atlanta and Nashville, among others.

The assumption has long been if the NHL ever gets to a point where it is serious about realigning the conferences, the first order of business will be to move Detroit into the Eastern Conference, which would set up some interesting rivalry possibilities with Toronto, Buffalo and Ottawa.

Pierre LeBrun: Scotty, I wouldn’t be so sure about moving Detroit. I think Chicago, among others, would have serious issues with that.

read on

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If Kings Make A Trade, It Will Be For Help Up Front

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Rich Hammond of Inside the Kings,

I highly doubt that this will discourage any Internet gossip-mongering, but Dean Lombardi said yesterday that the Kings aren’t close to any type of significant trade. And when the Kings do start seriously looking, it will be up front, not in goal.


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